What makes someone a motivational speaker?
It seemed for a long time that any professional speaker was considered a motivational speaker regardless of what their presentations were. However, putting all professional speakers in the “motivational speakers” category presents problems for meeting professionals as well as frustration for speakers who believe that this is the right category.
Wikipedia defines a motivational speaker as “a professional speaker or facilitator who talks to audiences usually for a fee.” Motivational speakers can be used to open and close events in a dynamic manner by being used as keynote speakers. The typical presentation of a motivational speaker lasts between 45 and 90 minutes. However, some presentations can be as short as 30 minutes while others can go on for as long as two hours.
Many backgrounds can make motivational speakers. Although motivational speaking is not a profession that requires formal training or certification. However, professionals who are successful in this profession have the ability to motivate, educate, and lift up their audience. Speakers who engage their audience can share life lessons, best practices and experiences without boring them. They achieve this by using humor, storytelling, originality and refraining from using canned speeches.
What are the benefits of motivational speakers at conferences, meetings and conventions?
Motivational speakers are often hired to stimulate enthusiasm and energy among presenters. They also provide practical, relevant content that is in line with the meeting’s objectives or theme. A speaker is often hired by meeting planners to deliver more detailed content. These sessions typically last between three and five hours.
What’s the difference between an inspirational speaker and a motivational speaker?
Wikipedia defines a motivational speaker to be one who “has the proven ability to lift up and educate their audience.” Wikipedia, however, defines an inspirational speaker to be one who inspires people to better values or to gain a better understanding of life.
Motivational speakers and inspirational speakers have many similarities. One person could even be both. There is one subtle difference: Inspirational speakers often have a warm and encouraging message. Sometimes, they tell stories of people who overcome great obstacles. Motivational speakers on the other hand may be more energetic and dynamic, and have a presentation that is geared towards “firing up” an crowd.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to inspire is to exalt or enliven with emotion. Motivate is to give an incentive; motivate; take action; incite. You will notice that motivation is connected with emotion, inspiration with emotion.
Which motivational speakers are most in demand?
A number of motivational speakers are available to enhance a conference, meeting or convention. Afterburner, Tony Alessandra and Carol Grace Anderson are some of the most sought-after and highly acclaimed motivational speakers. You can also view the lists of professional speakers bureaus for additional motivational speakers.
Duncan Stevens is one UK’s and America’s leading keynote speakers. He is the founder and CEO of The Influence Association, author of the best-selling book ‘Effective Influence’ and one of the worlds’ leading authorities on influence and persuasion.
His passion, humor and energy have taken him around the world as a speaker, trainer and even a ‘mentalist’ where the content is tailored to every audience. His warm and friendly personality makes him easy to work with and is another reason why clients love to hire him.